Celebrating Creativity

Hi I'm Kadira Jennings, welcome to Unfolding Creativity, a portal to Abundance Through Creativity.

I am a creative artist celebrating and encouraging the creative in all of us.

My blog is a discussion, and creativity resource. Please take your time, look around and join the conversation if you would like to.
It is my passionate belief that we all have deep within us a creative genius just waiting for half a chance to get out no matter what field we work or play in.

''There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.''
Martha Graham

Creative Cooking

When it comes to cooking – some of us have it and some of us don’t.  And I think that one of the more talented races in this area are the Italians.  They just have a wonderful attitude to food.  Unlike many of us in countries like the US of A and Australia where I currently reside, they do not make food their enemy.

On Saturday I was invited out for dinner at a friend’s house .  She had organized a wonderful evening of Wine Women and Food.  Well what fun we had. Mim, our Italian chefess if there is such a word, runs ‘a Cooking For Beginners’ course – which takes place in your own home.   Her recipes were simple and so tasty.  Mim has spent her life time cooking and I plan to do a post on her soon so do come back to find out more about her.

I am a vegetarian, and she even managed to come up with some wonderful tasty treats for me too!

For an entree she treated us to Zucchini Cakes on a bed of rocket with shaved Parmesan and so easy to make!

Unfortunately by the time I’d thought to do a blog post about it – well I’d eaten them!

However the brain must have still been partly engaged because here is a photo of the main course….

Eggplant Bake

Eggplant Delicious

How beautifully presented is that? The colour, the textures – not to mention the tastes – Wonderful!

I have taken the liberty of changing the name of her dish from Eggplant Bake to Eggplant Delicious – because it truly was.and the rice you see there – what a wonderful combination of flavours;curry,lemon rind, macadamia nuts to name a few.

If you live on the Central Coast and want to have a wonderful evening with your girlfriends – give MIM a call – Ph. 43852837

Doors in San Marco Piazza

Doors in San Marco Piazza

Continuing on from Monday’s post here are some amazing doors I have come across.  Europe is the place for magnificent doors as you can see from these photos taken in Venice.

I must apologize to those of you who may have dropped by earlier today to find no pictures and about 2 lines here.  This is a landmark event – the first time I failed to post properly since I began the blog a year ago.  So there goes my untarnished record – never to be spotless again …..Ah well – sometimes life just catches up on you.

Doorway at Versailles

Doorway at Versailles

And back to Venice again.  This is one of my favourites and for all you Tomb Raider fans out there – you will recognize this one!

Venetian doorway

Venetian doorway

Today I am going to share with you some photos of wonderful windows I  came across during my travels.   There is something fascinating about doors and windows and what people do with them don’t you think?  I found these in a tiny town in Southland in New Zealand.  It kind of blew me away to see such amazing creativity in a town miles from anywhere.

A flower sculpture in a window

Flower sculpture in a window

And here is the building it was in.

Flower Sculpture in a Southland building

Flower Sculptures in a Southland building

In the distance, you can see the bare green hills behind the building.

Black Swan – Part 2

Further to yesterday’s review I would like to examine the questions this film puts to us in regard to our own creative dedication.

  • How much are you putting of yourself into the piece you are creating?
  • What more might you give?
  • What are you afraid of?
  • If you conquered that fear what brilliance might you then reveal?
  • Are you only striving for technical perfection and if you let that go – what else might happen?

The Black Swan examines the lengths, not only that the ballerina must go to find her best performance, but also that of the ballet master.  So we have layer within layer here.  What lengths must he go to to reveal his vision for Swan Lake. Moreover his vision is dependent on his ability to communicate his vision to the dancer and then her ability to express that.  What must he do to bring that to fruition

Darren Aronofsky the director of this superb film, pushes us to look at the conflicts, the passions and dedication we must all work through to ultimately reach the expression of our highest potential.

The Black Swan and the ballet director,Natalie Portman,Cassel

The Black Swan and the ballet director

Our journeys will look different, but the challenges are essentially the same.

Art it seems demands sacrifice.  Are we willing to pay the price and what is the payoff if we do?  If we look at creatives; musicians, ballerinas, actors and artists so many of the brilliant ones have private lives filled with struggle as they move towards creative surrender.

It is all about the journey!

Pix Credits:   Review: Black Swan

I went to see ‘The Black Swan’ last night. This movie holds many things within it and has a lot to say about the artistic process and its price. The movie examines the world of professional ballet and within the confines of this most difficult and demanding art form, explores the lengths one must go to to uncover their own brilliance.  Where is the line between genius and insanity?

The Black Swan, photo of Natalie Portman as the black swan

Natalie Portman as 'The Black Swan'

While all art form is an expression of the true soul of its creator, ballet it seems to me is perhaps the highest of these.  Why? Because it demands not only technical perfection of the highest degree, but also the ability to express with absolute abandon the core emotion of the piece being danced. The vehicle of expression is the body itself and the performance is inseparable from the the soul.  As with song – true greatness is experienced by the observer when we see the performer totally push beyond the barrier of the self to bring something more which is passed to us.  Like a virus it passes unseen and integrates into our own psyches and becomes part of who we are.

In this case, the dancer must become the Black swan.  We must believe she is.

As an actress I think Natalie Portman gives an outstanding performance.  We are wholly caught up in her struggle.  This is not a movie for the fainthearted, containing disturbing psychological tensions and graphic sexual scenes within it.  So if you haven’t seen it that is something to be aware of.

I would love to read your comments about this film and its exploration of the creative struggle….. to be continued next post.

Pix Credit: http://bit.ly/hnTp8y

Here are some thoughts about mentors and coaches which I am going to look at in a bit more detail:

  • Why do I need a coach?
  • Are a business and life coach the same thing and if not why do I need either?
  • How serious are you about your art career?
  • How is a mentor different to a coach?

In the next few posts I want to discuss all of these ideas.  However so it doesn’t get all too wordy and boring let’s kick off with a photo…..

Singing Tui in Pohutakawa tree

Singing Tui in Pohutakawa tree

I captured this gorgeous fellow on a bush walk at Stony Bay while I was away.

Now where was I? Mentors and coaches….  Why do I need one?

I have a couple of questions for you.  If you have either a mentor or coach,

  • Why do you have them?
  • What do they do for you?
  • Is that person still serving your needs or have you moved on?
  • Do you now require a different kind of support?

For today let’s focus on why it’s actually essential to have a coach.  Yes I did say essential! There are 3 main reasons.  – I give you 3 words:


1. The first main reason is CLARITY.  We cannot see what we cannot see.  Meaning that the hardest thing in the world is to be objective about ourselves.  We are part of the problem so to speak and it often takes an oputside point of view to help us see what we cannot.

2. The second word would be FOCUSED-ACTION.  Once we have clarity, a coach then helps us to focus on what is important, and act upon that.  This could encompass a whole range of activities from breaking through personal blocks to upskilling in a needed area.

3. Thirdly coaches and mentors offer us ACCOUNTABILITY.  It’s so much easier to find excuses as to why we can’t or won’t do things if we only have to speak these reasons to our selves.

‘I can’t make that phone call to the gallery because………..’ fill in the blank.  But if you have to tell some one else that reason, suddenly it might not sound quite so valid, especially if that person is someone you look up to and admire, perhaps an expert in their field.  Suddenly we find a reason to reach a little deeper and go a little further.

In the next post look for:

  • Are a business and life coach the same thing and if not why do I need either?

PS. Please be encouraged to make a comment, share your insights and experiences on this topic.  We all help one another through sharing. The comments button is at the top of the page.

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